Should I take the Gamble and upgrade to 10.9

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by twinsity, Mar 31, 2014.

  1. twinsity macrumors member

    Apr 27, 2011
    I have a older macbook pro, Like 2007 Macbook Pro 4.1 right now still running 10.6, 10.6 Seems to be outdated can't upgrade Audio Production Software I'm using thinking of turning to the Darkside and Upgrading my OS.. If I do Take the Gamble any tips?

    Should I try?
    Is my Macbook Compatible?
    Better yet experiences from a similar laptop maybe?

    Ive read bad and good reviews on the fence but my audio production software no longer support 10.6

    I have 750hd and 6 gb ram

    any opinions?
  2. KUguardgrl13 macrumors 68020


    May 16, 2013
    Kansas, USA
    Yours might be compatible. The mid to late 2007 models are apparently.

    Can you install 8gb of ram, or is 6gb the max? Either way, machines can run mavericks with 4gb.

    I'd say it's worth a try. My 2009 MBP seems to run fine, but I don't do anything too taxing with t anymore. I have 8gb of ram and a 500gb drive.

    An SSD probably won't improve too much other than boot speed. Especially since the sata connection is limiting. The important spec here is RAM.
  3. twinsity thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 27, 2011
    I think my macbook is a 08 actually also I think 6gb is max.... I have a matrox dualhead2go it better not mess that up and make it no longer work! haha hmmmm im considering giving it a shot!!!! is it necessary to do the whole clone thing if I try the upgrade
  4. simon48 macrumors 65816


    Sep 1, 2010
    A TM backup would work too. It's not necessary, but it's highly advised to do so as a common sense backup (which you should always have regardless of if you're upgrading or not).
  5. DeltaMac macrumors G3


    Jul 30, 2003
    Are you really running 10.6 (and not upgraded to 10.6.8 ? )
    You would need that 10.6.8 to get the App Store.
    … Tips?
    make sure you have a full backup before you begin the upgrade.
    Do your homework first - to discover if all your main software is compatible with Mavericks, or has compatible updates available.
  6. twinsity thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 27, 2011
  7. twinsity thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 27, 2011
    Mavericks or any point in just upgrading to mountain lion? I have backed up everything on one external hard drive and have another that im cloning to a another external hard drive. If I try to upgrade my os to mavericks and things are not running smoothly is it a hard process to just reboot with my cloned drive and just be as i was before the upgrade?
  8. Marty62 macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2010
    Berlin formerly London
    I have just gone from 10.6.8 to ML 10.8.5 on mac Pro & MBP music systems.

    I would really not go to MAV's just yet ... few too many issues.

    I have 10.8.5 working really well so I'm "sticking" here for a while.

    ( Logic 9 / X / Reason 6.5 / Pro Tools 10.3.? and loads of NI / Arturia /etc )

  9. twinsity thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 27, 2011
    man seems mountain lion is no longer even available hahahaha, Geez wonder if I should take the risk... if I just cloned my macbook is it a pretty simple porcess to revert back if mavericks dont work out?
    wait think i found mountain lion 20 bones
  10. ASFx macrumors regular

    Feb 24, 2008
    Mavericks has been the biggest pile of crap. I love Apple, but i've never experienced such a bad release of OS X before. Way too much instability and random weird freezes for me, and they STILL haven't solved all the issues with adding Gmail accounts to Mail.
  11. Marty62 macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2010
    Berlin formerly London

    It's still in the app store for €18 so around $20 or so.

    I would advise to wait a while on Mavericks !!

  12. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    I find this statement very puzzling. In fact, Mavericks is the first OS X that seamlessly works with Gmail for me... And I've had much less crashes with it than in Leopard/Slow Leopard days...
  13. twinsity thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 27, 2011
    Well maybe I will give moutain lion a shot.. Snow lepord has giving me zero problems thus I never messed with it, but now I was thinking of upgrading to reason 7 and my Akai Mpc software no longer supports 10.6.8
  14. Ornstein macrumors newbie

    Apr 12, 2014
    Why not buy a new hard drive, clone your existing setup onto it, install the new hard drive, update to Mavericks? In case Mavericks screws up your setup in some way, you can always switch the original hdd back in.
  15. Qaanol macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2010
    Why would you ever want to leave Snow Leopard? Mac OS X 10.6.8 remains the single best operating system ever published.

    And why the *heck* would anyone ever choose Mountain Lion over Mavericks? Mavericks is the second-best version of OS X so far.
  16. Barney63 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 9, 2014
    Bolton, UK.
    What about Windows 8 :ducksbehindthechair: :p

  17. cube macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
    Not Mavericks and not the latest version of Mountain Lion
  18. simonsi macrumors 601


    Jan 3, 2014
  19. xlii macrumors 68000


    Sep 19, 2006
    Millis, Massachusetts
    Mavericks is running fine on my 2009 13" MBP.

    The only reason not to upgrade from 10.6.8 is if you have power pc apps that you can't live without. They will no longer run under 10.7, 10.8 or 10.9.
  20. goMac macrumors 603

    Apr 15, 2004
    Do either Mavericks or Snow Leopard. Avoid the Lions. They're both awful. Mavericks was the first step in the right direction again.

    Lion and Mountain Lion are the Vista of the Mac world. Mavericks is better than either of them.

    People will tell you Mavericks uses more RAM, but that's not really true. It uses your spare RAM to make your computer faster, but will give up that RAM to programs as they need it. Still, people misread their RAM monitors and assume Mavericks is a RAM hog.

    (Myself, Mavericks is running just fine here. Both Lion and Mountain Lion were worse then 10.6.8. I'm happy with Mavericks.)
  21. simon48 macrumors 65816


    Sep 1, 2010
    Who says Mavericks uses more RAM? It's an total improvement. Also people misreading Activity Monitor is nothing new to Mavericks, if anything it's better with it adding the memory pressure indicator.
  22. drenline macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2010
    my thoughts exactly^
  23. doug in albq Suspended

    doug in albq

    Oct 12, 2007
    Snow Leopard > Mountain Lion > Mavericks > Lion
  24. cube macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
    Snow Leopard > Mountain Lion = Lion > Mavericks

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